The Cayucos Sanitary District was formed in 1942 for the purpose of constructing a sewer collection system and a treatment plant. In 1954 the District constructed a sewer system and treatment plant under a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the Morro Sanitary District (now the City of Morro Bay). That JPA was subsequently amended in 1969, 1973 and again in 1982. The JPA sets forth the respective rights of Morro Bay and Cayucos for purposes of ownership and capacity rights to the plant, appurtenant facilities, outfall line and for operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant. In 1982 the Cayucos Sanitary District and the City of Morro Bay renegotiated the Joint Powers Agreement governing their jointly-owned wastewater treatment plant facility and agreed to reconstruct and expand the wastewater treatment plant at an estimated cost of approximately $32,000,000.
Sanitary districts are empowered to acquire, maintain and operate sewer, drainage and/or refuse collection facilities. They may incur bond indebtedness, enter into contracts, borrow money and charge service rates. The District provides wastewater service to the community of Cayucos which entails collecting wastewater within the community and conveying it through a main line to the Morro Bay-Cayucos Wastewater Treatment plant located on Atascadero Road in the City of Morro Bay. The District’s wastewater system encompasses five lift (pump) stations and approximately 23.1 miles of gravity collection sewers.
The District has entered into an exclusive franchise with Mission Country Disposal for collection and disposal of solid waste, and in addition, the collection, processing and marketing of recyclable materials.
The Cayucos Sanitary District is governed by a five-member elected Board of Directors. District maintenance, operations, and administration is carried out through a staff of eight, including a District Manager, Administrative Services personnel and Maintenance & Operations field personnel. As a complement to staff, the District maintains Legal Counsel, an Investment Advisor, and District Engineer.